Monday, October 31, 2011

Santa's Village 1966

Continuing with images from Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead California in September 1966. This is a different family from the previous slides. First up is the entrance to the Alice In Wonderland walk through attraction. I love the signs out front advertising the various scenes.

Next up is Santa Claus and Jack O' Lantern. I adore the Jack O' Lantern costume and wondered what happened to it.

An image of the entrance.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Santa's Village March 1966 Part 2

The next set of photographs from Santa's Village taken in March 1966. First up is a slide (which I bet would be very cold in the snow) and in the background is the Bee Monorail track.

Next up is a nice view of the sleigh ride. The tunnel is nice in the background.

A scarce view of Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach in action.

Final view is of the welcome structure. The candy cane sign is fantastic as is the sign showing when the park was open and the cute clock tower with two clocks.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Souvenir Friday- Original Art for Horse Drawn Trolley Sign for Carnation

With all the changes taking place on Main Street and the re-expansion of Carnation Cafe, I thought I would show another piece of original art for the Horse Drawn Trolley advertising signs. This one showcases Carnation, one of the first sponsors in Disneyland and operator of not only the Carnation Cafe but also Carnation Gardens for many years.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Santa's Village March 1966

With Denver receiving the first big snow of the season, I am reminded of Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead, California. First image sequentially is of the North Pole. I am glad that the North Pole theme park in Colorado still has a similar North Pole.

Next up is one of my favorite Christmas themed rides is the ornament ride where you get to be an ornament on a Christmas tree.

Final image for today is a nice group shot of the Bumbleebee Monorail and Christmas Tree Ornament ride.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Leda, Terry and Jean in Disneyland July 1971

Three slides showing a trip to Disneyland in 1971. First up is the obligatory Mickey Mouse Floral and Main Street Station shot.

Next up is a slide from Carnation Gardens. The characters on stage and in silhouette are Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.

Final image is of the White Rabbit dancing to the College All Star Marching Band.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scotty and April Visit Frontierland 1965

Scotty and April visited Disneyland in August of 1965 and must have enjoyed Frontierland as that is the only place they photographed. First up is an image of one of the Disneyland Indian dancers.

Next up a nice portrait of April hanging out with the Chief.

Final image is dad and daughter hanging out in the park in front of the Frontierland Railroad station. I like the train in station. It appears the berm has been raised as there are more stairs up to the train station today.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mike and Diane Go To Disneyland and a Knott's Berry Farm Finale

First up is the final image of the 1968 Knott's Berry Farm slides is this fantastic interior of the Calico Saloon.

Next up is a couple of slides of a group of friends. First up is a slide of Mike & Diane Irene & Phil Disneyland Parking Lot (at least that is how the slide is marked.)

Next up is Mike & Diane Irene & Patricia at Disneyland Anaheim Calif. The obligatory picture in front of the Mickey floral at Main Street station.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Knotts Berry Farm Part 4

Four images today to finish this series of photographs. First up a nice view of Boot Hill cemetery with Ghost Town in the background. Nice view of the barrel house.

A nice view of the bottle house and two very pretty Knott's Cast members. I love the themed dresses.

The wagon circle stage with a band/chorus on stage. The group looks like they are Up With People.

Last slide is another interior of the General Store. This slide has written on it: Uncle Al Battisti Knots Berry Farm.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Knott's Berry Farm 1968 Part 3

Three more nice photographs of Knott's Berry Farm ghost town in 1968. I believe these pictures were taken early in the morning. First up is a view of boot hill cemetery. The grave is for a likely grizzled old prospector and his mule.

Next up is a view of the windmill and water pump. I like the advertising for Bird Cage theater on the structure.

The last image is one of my favorites. I love the framing of the street with the old bicycle as the foreground object.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Souvenir Friday- Berry Sisters Sign from Knott's Berry Farm

Continuing with my Knott's Berry Farm thems, A favorite piece of mine since Knott's park signage is rare to see outside of the park. I believe this two sided sign hung outside the Calico Saloon enticing folks to enter the saloon to see the Berry Sisters who made the 20's Roar Again. The lettering on this sign is nice and may have been done by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth when he was working at Knotts.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Knott's Berry Farm 1968 Part 2

More views of Ghost Town at Knott's Berry Farm. First up a view of the two dance hall dancers sitting nicely with a visitors. I like where his hand is at....they must be close friends. I also like the Ghost Town, Calif. sign behind the statues.

Next view is of the Butterfield Stage after being washed.

Final view is on the streets of Ghost Town. I love the detail of all the signs and different shops and exhibits.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Knott's Berry Farm 1968 Part 1

World's Fair Wednesdays are also going on hiatus for a little while as I collect more images for the series. For those fans of Knott's Berry Farm, I have a nice group of slides from 1968. First up is the crowd shot in Ghost Town. Check out some of the shops in the background, the Crow Shop, Ice Cream and of course the Calico Saloon. I wonder what they are watching?

This is what the crowd is watching, the gun fight. The two train engineers appear to be having fun.

Final image is a nice interior shot of the General Store selling my favorite candy as a kid.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Damaged Frontierland Images 1962

Every once in a while I wind up with some very damaged slides...and these three fall into the damaged slide category. The images are not in focus and have scratches. But I kind of like the very old and dream quality to the images. First up is an image on one of the Tom Sawyer raft heading towards the island.

Next up are two images of the Indian dancers in Indian Village. The crowd is very entranced by the dancers.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Characters At Disneyland

Disneyland Fun- Mickey Mouse and his friends get ready for a trip aboard the Park's old-time fire engine, one of hundreds of vehicles and boats operating regularly in the "Magic Kingdom." In the background is Sleeping Beauty's Castle, gateway to Fantasyland. With Mickey are J. Worthington Foulfellow, Goofy, Pluto and their guests. Some 30 Disney characters regularly mingle with Disneyland visitors.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Tiki Bird Mobile

Three views of the Tiki Bird Mobile from the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Belmont Park, Mission Beach, California

Two nice images from Belmont Park in Mission Beach, California. First up a view of the Giant Dipper from the parking lot. I love the Belmont Park sign on the front of the coaster.

Next up is a view of the fun land with the large Ferris wheel and other rides. I think this is early morning as the employees are checking out the operation of the attractions.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Souvenir Friday- Jimmy Starr Memos

Jimmy Starr was an entertainment reporter in Hollywood. For several years he was also a Disneyland Lessee operating a shop called Show Business. The store was located next to the Disneyland Opera House and the merchandise was photographs of television and movie stars along with other film related novelties and items. Of course Disneyland communicated with the lessees and provided them with information. Jimmy kept some of these memos and information....but it is kind of random. First up is an early memo regarding ID cards.

Next up is a letter asking for payment to the Disneyland Lessee Association.

The final two pieces date from 1960. First up is the make up of the Ticket Book effective February 10, 1960. I like Jimmy's hand written comments.

Attached to the ticket prices is the operating calendar form most of 1960. As you can see, Disneyland was closed many Mondays and Tuesdays.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Disneyland 1960- Photo Album Part 6

Two images today from the photo album I have been featuring the last 6 days. First up a nice view of the Skyway with construction fences and a drained lagoon for the Chicken of the Sea Tuna Pirate Ship.

Next up a view of the Mark Twain coming into the dock. Check out the guests fishing in the left hand side of the image.